1:08 PM ET, August 17, 2014
Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan
DETROIT -- Lloyd McClendon was upset after he was thrown out by umpire Tony Randazzo for the second straight game. At least this time it came in a victory for his Seattle Mariners.
Chris Young pitched six shutout innings and Seattle beat Detroit 8-1 Sunday, winning the weekend series and moving back ahead of the Tigers in the race for the second AL wild-card spot.
McClendon was ejected in the seventh inning of the series finale when Randazzo said the manager made a hand gesture after the third base umpire turned down a check-swing appeal on a 3-2 pitch to Alex Avila.
"They said I raised my hand," McClendon said. "That's a new one for me."
Randazzo said McClendon "took his hand and shooed away my call."
McClendon also was ejected by Randazzo during Detroit's 4-2 win on Saturday night for arguing balls and strikes, even though McClendon said it wasn't him complaining.
"I've never had a problem with him before this weekend, so I don't understand this," McClendon said. "If there's a history between us, I'm certainly not aware of it."
Young (12-6) allowed four hits and walked one while improving to 2-0 with a 1.67 ERA in four career starts against Detroit. The 6-foot-10 right-hander has won each of his last three starts this season and is 4-0 with a 2.45 ERA in his last five games overall.
"With that lineup, you know you are going to get into trouble," he said. "The key is getting out of it, and I was able to miss bats when I needed to today."
"We're asking Robbie to compete in a pennant race," Detroit manager Brad Ausmus said. "That's a tall order. It's not always going to come up roses for a young pitcher in that situation."
Ray got into trouble in the first inning, when he hurt himself by a balk when he lost focus in mid-delivery and stumbled off the mound without throwing a pitch. He also threw a wild pitch in the third that allowed a run to score, giving Seattle a 3-0 lead.
Rajai Davis created a threat for Detroit with one out in the bottom half, walking and stealing second and third, but Young got out of the jam.
Victor Martinez drove in Detroit's only run with an eighth-inning double.
Seattle: The Mariners travel to Philadelphia to open a three-game series with the Phillies on Monday night. Roenis Elias (9-9, 4.14 ERA) is scheduled to start in the opener for Seattle, while Jerome Williams (0-0, 3.38 ERA) will go for Philadelphia.
Detroit: The Tigers have Monday off before going to Tampa for three games. Detroit's Max Scherzer (14-4, 2.98 ERA) is scheduled to oppose Chris Archer (8-6, 3.24 ERA) in the opener, while David Price is slated to go against his old team on Thursday.
Seattle: OF Michael Saunders will get a few more rehab games with Triple-A Tacoma before rejoining the Mariners.
Detroit: RHP Joakim Soria (oblique) was feeling "significantly better" on Saturday, according to Ausmus. Soria is eligible to return from the disabled list on Aug. 25, and will probably make a rehab appearance before that. . Davis left the game with a left thumb contusion.
Umpires: Randazzo was hit in the left foot by a line drive from Detroit's J.D. Martinez in the fourth inning, but the ball only struck a glancing blow and he stayed in the game.
Ausmus thought the Tigers might have lost some focus after beating Felix Hernandez on Saturday. "Young pitched well, but that wasn't all Chris Young," he said. "After the adrenaline high facing a guy like King Felix, we had a few good at-bats today, but we need to have better ones up and down the lineup."
DETROIT, MI - AUGUST 17: Robbie Ray #58 of the Detroit Tigers warms up prior to the start of the game against the...(Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
Regular Season Series
|1st||K Morales singled to center, D Ackley scored, R Cano to third.||1||0|
|1st||K Seager hit sacrifice fly to center, R Cano scored.||2||0|
|3rd||R Cano scored, C Denorfia to third, L Morrison to second on wild pitch by R Ray.||3||0|
|5th||C Denorfia tripled to deep center, K Seager scored.||4||0|
|6th||D Ackley grounded out to first, C Taylor scored, A Jackson to second.||5||0|
|6th||K Morales safe at first on error by left fielder R Davis, A Jackson scored, R Cano to third.||6||0|
|6th||K Seager singled to center, R Cano scored, K Morales to second.||7||0|
|8th||K Seager singled to deep right, B Miller scored, K Morales to third.||8||0|
|8th||V Martinez doubled to deep right center, M Cabrera scored.||8||1|
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|Stadium||Comerica Park, Detroit, MI|
|Attendance||41,181 (99.8% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||75 degrees, sunny|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Stu Scheurwater, First Base - Brian Gorman, Second Base - Jim Wolf, Third Base - Tony Randazzo|
Chris Young: 12th win of season, matches career high set in 2005 with Rangers Young is 7-2 with a 2.45 ERA and an 0.91 WHIP in his last 12 starts. He's won four straight decisions.
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